Future London Leaders Round Ten
The tenth round of Future London Leaders runs from April – September 2015. Profiles of the 15 candidates are below.
“I’ve worked in housing for 10 years, in a range of regeneration and community investment roles. At Wandle, I’m setting up and leading a team to deliver community investment across Wandle’s 7,000 homes, covering employment, training, digital inclusion, young people, volunteering and neighbourhoods. Six months in, I’ve recruited a vibrant team with fresh ideas which we’re just putting into practice! My previous role focused on developing Affinity Sutton’s national community assets strategy, including transfer, investment and redevelopment. I’ve also worked in project officer roles developing bids, facilitating cross-functional teams and managing projects. I look forward to working alongside like-minded professionals to gain an insight into the workings of London and our future leaders!”
“I currently work in the Strategic Projects team at GLA Housing & Land, focusing on the redevelopment of strategic sites – predominantly in East London, and predominantly very constrained. My work involves liaising with a large number of stakeholders and balancing meeting the needs of Londoners in terms of delivering quality housing and associated infrastructure with more commercial considerations. I am keen to develop cross-disciplinary skills through exposure to the cohort and training, and to develop a strategic overview.”
“I have eight years’ experience working for local authorities in housing development and housing regeneration. In my current role I work with registered providers and developers to deliver affordable housing through the planning process. I am contributing to the development of a SHMA for North East Surrey and South West London, which will enable us to ensure our affordable housing planning policies and development pipeline reflect the housing needs of low income households. I am looking forward to developing my leadership skills and learning from colleagues working in the industry.”
“I work in the Physical Regeneration and Design team, leading on the design and delivery of a number of masterplanning, park, infrastructure and public realm projects. My role also involves coordinating programmes with partner organisations and providing design advice to planning colleagues on live applications within the LLDC area. I qualified as an architect and worked in a number of private practices before joining the public sector five years ago. I am hoping that this opportunity will allow me to expand my horizons beyond the Lower Lea Valley and learn how others parts of London are successfully implementing schemes as well as building on my leadership skills.”
“I am a chartered town planner with more than 10 years’ development management experience in London. I have been a deputy team manager in the London Borough of Islington for eight years. Over the course of my career in development management I have worked on a wide variety of planning applications, appeals and judicial reviews. I have extensive experience mentoring and supervising junior and senior team members. I look forward to the Future London Leaders programme and developing my leadership and management skills, experience and confidence.”
“I have worked in local government for more than 11 years, starting in the External Funding Team at Gateshead council. My work has included community regeneration and service delivery, EU funding, corporate policy and, since moving to Haringey Council in 2008, leading on business and enterprise policy and projects. In the last two years I have led on public realm projects, developed a project to increase skills training provision in Fashion Manufacturing and launched a £3.5m investment fund for economic growth projects. I am looking to the Future London Leaders programme to refine my skillset and to become a better strategic thinker. I see the programme as an opportunity to increase my networks and knowledge in my field.”
“I have worked in housing for 10 years, first in housing management for a large London-based landlord, before moving to development and regeneration. My current role involves the management of council-led development sites from initial feasibility work to construction and delivery, working across council departments and with external stakeholders as required. I particularly enjoy schemes which provide affordable housing and provide wider social benefit to the community. I am looking forward to the FLL programme and hope it will improve my skills as well as offering the opportunity to meet other professionals from across London.”
“In my role as project manager for Hackney, I am delivering the Colville Estate Masterplan, which proposes 935 new homes. This includes everything from commissioning the design team to finance and planning approval, right up to negotiation with developer partners, oversight of construction phase and handover alongside public consultation. I previously worked in the development team at LB Camden, delivering regeneration in Central London, including the Tybalds Estate, which won several New London Awards. I started my career as a development surveyor at GVA and Colliers, but the opportunity to run and deliver transformational projects in London attracted me to my current role. The Future London Leaders programme will help me connect with and learn from peers across the industry. “
“I have spent the last 13 years working across a range of town planning disciplines in a number of local authorities across London. My current position in the regeneration team involves site acquisition, project management and the delivery of housing and infrastructure development across Enfield. Most of my time is spent delivering Meridian Water, an exciting proposal to realise 85Ha of brownfield land into at least 5,000 new homes and 3,000 new jobs over the next 10 years. I am pleased to be on the Future London Leaders programme and hope to further my leadership skills and increase my knowledge base in the months to come”.
“I have 17 years’ experience in local authority housing, regeneration and community development. In my current role for RE (Barnet Council), I’m working on a housing regeneration scheme providing nearly 1,000 new homes, a community centre and S106 benefits. My previous experience includes working with the Paddington Development Trust and Westminster City Council on a Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder; over 10 years, I held a range of portfolios from Economic Development to Community Engagement. Having acquired useful skills delivering projects on the ground, my aim is to develop greater strategic, commercial and leadership skills to enable me to continue my career development.”
“I joined the transport industry on the TfL graduate scheme four years ago. Since then I have undertaken a range of roles, working on the planning and operational delivery of the 2012 Olympic Games, designing and delivering schemes for London cycling and urban realm and acting as executive advisor to the Senior Traffic Commissioner of Great Britain. I’ve been in my current role for over a year and am responsible for managing the relationship between London’s Transport Commissioner, the Mayor of London, Deputy Mayor for Transport and other key stakeholders. I am delighted to be on Future London Leaders, and hope to broaden my understanding of the crucial role transport plays in unlocking growth and development across London.”
“I joined LB Bexley’s Strategic Planning Team in 2014. My background is in planning policy, having previously occupied increasingly senior positions at local authorities in Lancashire and Surrey. I have considerable experience in all stages of local plan-making, from initial scoping through to giving evidence at examination. Currently, I am leading on CIL and various components of Bexley’s ambitious Growth Strategy, with a focus on social, community and green infrastructure elements. Through FLL, I aim to improve my knowledge, experience and skills to confidently influence and deliver change.”
LinkedIn profile: Helen Smith
“I am a Chartered Town Planner with experience in the private and public sectors; most of that has been within the public sector, where I have worked for several local authorities. In my current role, I deal with a range of applications, manage a team of officers, and am involved with the delivery of service improvements. I hope the Future London Leaders programme will help me to develop ideas that will be of benefit to my team.”
“I have worked in housing for nearly 13 years, all within the Registered Provider sector. I have been fortunate to experience working in a range of different departments (development, sales, tenancy, facilities management and strategy) which has provided me with a well-rounded view of the key drivers and pressures for RPs and housing delivery. I recently joined Hyde and I have returned to Development to provide strategy and market insight for the Development and Sales teams, as well as to brush up on my development and stock acquisition skills. I am looking forward to refreshing and honing my existing skills, learning new ones and to meeting new people.”
“I started my transport planning career five years ago when I joined TfL on the transport planning graduate scheme. I have been fortunate to experience a variety of roles including planning the Olympic Route Network, delivering pedestrian and cycling improvement schemes and writing transport assessments for new developments. My current role focuses on London’s growth areas. It involves planning and implementing surface transport improvement schemes with the aim of unlocking growth and supporting regeneration. During the FLL programme, I hope to improve my leadership skills, meet new people and enjoy learning from experts in the industry.”
To view profiles of candidates from previous rounds, visit our alumni page.